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Enter Shikari are an English four-piece rock band formed in 2003 in St Albans, Hertfordshire. They are known for their crossover style incorporating post-hardcore and various heavy metal sub-genres, such as metalcore and alternative metal, with elements of various electronic genres, such as industrial, dubstep, trance, and occasionally drum and bass, creating a very distinct sound.
The band is named after a boat belonging to Roughton "Rou" Reynolds' uncle, and a character in a play which he wrote before forming the band, both of which are named Shikari. Their debut album, Take to the Skies, was released on 19 March 2007 and reached No. 4 in the Official UK Album Chart.
Their second album, titled Common Dreads, was released on 15 June 2009 and debuted on the UK Albums Chart at 16. Their third studio album, A Flash Flood of Colour, was released on 16 January 2012 and was positioned at the top of the UK Album Chart for almost its entire week of release, however it eventually debuted on the chart at 4.
The band then spent considerable time supporting the release through the A Flash Flood of Colour World Tour, before beginning work on their fourth studio album, The Mindsweep, released on January 2015 and debuted on the UK Albums Chart at 6.
"Enter Shikari reels listeners in with every important element of music: memorable hooks, powerful beats, and significant lyrics. This record does everything right to keep Enter Shikari relevant in the music scene."
"A musical maelstrom shot through with memorable melodies and Rou Reynolds’ articulate flow."
"Enter Shikari are one of very few bands around today who can produce an endless array of music which can satisfy the ears of so many different people."
"The Mindsweep shows a new standard for Enter Shikari. A more adult offering with some truly great tracks, and very few forgettable moments."
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